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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority yesterday announced a funding agreement with Metrolink to improve service capacity and reliability on Metrolink's Antelope Valley Line.
L.A. Metro will provide $16.5 million for final design services for the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line Capital and Service Improvements Project, which is designed to create regular interval scheduling of 30 minutes of bidirectional passenger service between L.A. Union Station and the city of Santa Clarita, and hourly service from there to the city of Lancaster, L.A. Metro officials said in a press release.
Currently, rail service ranges from 30 minutes during peak periods to two hours during off-peak periods.
"This funding agreement … is a great example of [L.A. Metro] and Metrolink working hand-in-hand to make it their potential goal to increase the number of weekday trains from 15 to 30, achieve a clockface schedule and increase ridership by 150% by 2030," said L.A. Metro Board Chair Ara Najarian.
Meanwhile, L.A. Metro also made a master cooperative agreement with the city of Inglewood to build the Inglewood Transit Connector Project, a 1.6-mile people mover connecting L.A. Metro's K Line to sports and entertainment venues and housing and commercial centers.
The people mover will have three stations and travel along an elevated guideway, L.A. Metro officials said in a press release. Those proposed stations are Market Street/Florence Avenue Station, Prairie Avenue/Manchester Boulevard Station and Prairie Avenue/Hardy Street Station. L.A. Metro estimates the people mover could transport up to 11,000 people per hour because the project will allow several trains to travel in both directions simultaneously.
The transit agency and the city have established through a joint powers authority an entity that will oversee the project's design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance, L.A. Metro officials said. Groundbreaking is expected in 2024, with project completion slated for 2028.